195 Nations To Be Invited To Enthronement Ceremony

195 nations to be invited to enthronement ceremony

Japan's government has decided to invite heads of state and representatives from 195 nations to the new Emperor's enthronement ceremony in October.

The decision was made on Tuesday by a government panel in charge of setting protocols for the Imperial succession.

The panel agreed on procedures for Emperor Akihito's abdication ceremony on April 30. Crown Prince Naruhito will accede to the throne the following day.

The panel also decided on the details of a May 1 ceremony for the new Emperor to inherit the Imperial Regalia and Seals. It's the first in a series of ceremonies to mark the Crown Prince's accession.

Leaders from 195 nations will be invited to the "Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi" ceremony planned on October 22. During the rite, the new Emperor proclaims his enthronement to the people of Japan and the world.

The guests will also be invited to attend a court banquet, held over the course of four days.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife will host a separate banquet on October 23. Kyogen play actor Nomura Mansai will serve as advisor for the party's attractions. He is tasked with presenting Japan's traditional performing arts in a way that is both understandable and enjoyable for the international guests.

Abe told the panel that the government will do its best to prepare for the events so the nation can smoothly mark a historic milestone.